Derek Spooner, M.A., is a non-profit, management and fundraising professional with a strong background in program and fund development, operational design, data analysis, communications, marketing and team motivation.
After working for Stevenson Children’s Camp and Western University, Derek went on to build dynamic and profitable fundraising teams at Artsmarketing Services Inc., and Free The Children in Toronto. His portfolio includes $9.04M in fulfilled gifts between 2011 to 2016 for the Toronto International Film Festival, Save The Children Canada, The New England Aquarium, The Boston Museum of Science, The Chicago Memorial Children’s Hospital and Mirvish Theatre Productions.
In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund where he developed their first-ever donor database, executed their first holiday giving campaign and saw a 43% increase in revenue for their signature event, the March for Music Therapy. Derek continues to consult on the side, helping small and grassroots organizations find funding to help them achieve their goals and enhance our communities. Most recently, Derek was involved in business development for The Glory Hole Gallery, a micro-art gallery housed at Glad Day Bookshop and which focuses on shining a spotlight on emerging LGBTQ+ artists.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Women’s Studies, with a Minor in Film Studies (2008) and a Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies (2009) from Western University.
A trained actor, Derek studied theatre and film at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and the New School University in New York City. He loves to paint, draw and write and hopes to get into screenwriting and filmmaking in the years to come. Derek is excited to learn more about community-based arts and how we can continue to make a positive impact in the Scarborough community, and beyond.
Emily Peltier is an independent curator, writer, and advocate for the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities, everywhere. She is the co-creator and curator of the world’s first, and only, miniature 2SLGBTQ+ gallery and collective, Glory Hole Gallery. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University and has curated and co-curated exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Blank Canvas Gallery, Critical Distance, The ArQuives, and community centers in Toronto. Her exhibitions through Glory Hole Gallery have been featured in two consecutive Nuit Blanche Toronto, as well as Nuit Rose. She is formerly the Curatorial Programs Coordinator at Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Her research and curatorial interests are many and include: community arts, art activism, and careful curating.
Peter Drohan is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, studying Literature and Critical Theory, Philosophy, and Book and Media Studies. He has edited for and contributed to a variety of local and on-campus publications, turning a critical eye towards arts and culture at local and international levels. As the grandchild of Holocaust survivors, he deeply believes in creative production as means to explore, acknowledge, and reconcile with trauma. Moreover, as a child of the Internet Age, Peter is intrigued by the possibilities new media as a vehicle for emancipatory political action. Born in North York, Peter is eager to elevate the status of art and artists outside Toronto’s downtown core.
Kali Banner is an emerging arts professional dedicated to enhancing community engagement through creative programming. Kali is a recent graduate of the Arts Management program at the University of Toronto, Scarborough where she developed her skills in positions such as the Artistic Director of ARTSIDEOUT and the Programming Lead of the Arts Culture and Media Student Association. Kali’s practice in socially-engaged work has led her to positions such as the Archive Intern at Tangled Art + Disability and Assistant Curator for the 2018 inaugural Nuit Blanche event in Scarborough.
ALICE NORTON-BELL | Administrator + Gallery Programmer
(On Maternity Leave)
alice [at] scarborougharts.com
Alice Norton-Bell is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information (iSchool) where she obtained both a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt) and a Master of Information (MI) with specializations in Library and Information Science (LIS) as well as Archives and Records Management (ARM). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts, Hons. with majors in English and Book and Media Studies.
Alice’s previous experience includes positions at the the Toronto Public Library, the Museum of Inuit Art, the John M. Kelly Library, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Sick Kids Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital – Patient and Family Learning Centre, and various academic committees including acting as the Vice President of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and Chairing the iSchool’s Tech Fund. Alice has also acted as a contributor to various exhibits displayed across Toronto including shows at the Toronto Railway Museum, the Toronto Ward Museum, the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library, the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Instructional Centre, Massey College Library, and of course the Bluffs Gallery.
Alice started with Scarborough Arts in June of 2017 as a Gallery Assistant, taking on the role of Communications Assistant in November of 2017, and has now been working as the organization’s Administrator and Gallery Programmer since April of 2018. She has a love for all cultural institutions and is passionate about supporting the diversity of arts and culture within the many unique artistic communities throughout Scarborough and the GTA.
Dynesti Williams inspires people to reconnect to their higher selves through bold and unapologetic live performances, lyrics, videos, and sonic experiences. She is known as a fierce entertainer from Toronto ON, Canada with a contagious energy that can raise the vibration of any space she performs in. Nicknamed The Dyna for delivering energy like food for the soul, Dynesti Williams invites you to feast on the balance of unity and chaos through the flavor she describes as Rebellious Hip-Hop/Soul with a “dash” of Reggae.
Being of half-Jamaican and half-Trinidadian heritage, Dynesti was constantly surrounded by Caribbean music. She began singing and songwriting at the age of eight performing reggae gospel in church. Growing up in a low-income community housing block in Toronto’s west end, her experiences offered painfully beautiful inspiration for her art. As a child, Dynesti’s mother was diagnosed with depression, and her understanding of happiness was altered. Her mother’s condition motivated her to find joy in adding more entertainment, healing, and laughter to the world. This led her to focus on mental health stability, raw honesty, and freedom as the foundations of her art.